Library Programme (India Studies)
LibraryOne of the major initiatives in the area of reference and resource materials that the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) facilitates is the Library programme (India Studies). Library programme is to encourage more scholarly inquiry and professional academic activities with the objective of contributing to the development, improved quality and expansion of Indian studies in Canada. The Library programme acquires current Indian publications for scholarly and public use in the libraries of the member institutions. The programme is funded through grants received from the Government of India and is looked after by the Library programme Advisory Committee (LPAC). There are 36 Canadian member universities, with scholars and faculties having research interest in Indiastudies. The main objectives of Library programme (India Studies) is to locate, procure and ship print and non print resource and reference materials mainly on India Studies for the Canadian universities. This programme is administered by the SICI India Office, in consultation with LPAC Canada. LPAC Canada consists of designated (SICI) librarians in 36 member Institutions.
The founding members for this programme viz. the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia, act as resource libraries. They house extensive research collections that are available on loan to scholars throughout Canada. The other members act as support libraries, acquiring material on a more limited scale to support their individual India Studies programmes. Institute policy forbids the use of its funds to purchase rare or antiquarian materials in India.
Almost all the subject areas are covered under the Library programme. The reference materials provided include publications in English and 14 vernacular languages including Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit and Urdu etc.